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Queer As Folk reboot casting and character details emerge: ‘So gagged’

"Honoured, thrilled, and in genuine disbelief," says Jesse James Keitel of their casting.

By Jamie Tabberer

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Showtime/ABC

The American Queer As Folk reboot has cast rising star Jesse James Keitel in a key role, it has emerged.

As per Variety, Keitel – who has won plaudits on ABC’s kidnapping drama Big Sky – will play a ‘trans, semi-reformed party girl who is struggling to grow up’ in the show.

Keitel – who identifies as non-binary and transfeminine, according to a profile in The Independent earlier this year – confirmed the news on social media yesterday (18 August).

“Cheers queers”

In an Instagram statement, Keitel – who uses she/her and they/them pronouns – said: “I’m still so gagged – honored, thrilled, and in genuine disbelief to be joining this iconic show,” adding: “Cheers queers.”

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Queer As Folk originally aired on Channel 4 in 1999 and focused on the lives and loves of three gay men in Manchester’s Canal Street. It was written by Russell T Davies, who will serve as an executive producer on the new project from Peacock.

The show ran for two series until 2000, and a US remake ran for five seasons from 2000-2005.

According to Variety, the newest version will ‘chronicle a diverse group of friends in New Orleans, whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy.’

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